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June 11, 2020 Players, caddies and essential personnel were tested for the coronavirus upon arrival — 487 tests, all negative — and everyone has their temperature checked before getting into the parking lot, along with filling out a health questionnaire.There were 90 days between official shots. The last PGA Tour event was March 12 at The Players Championship for the opening round.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAustralian football returnsUNDATED (AP) — Australian rules football is back after a three-month shutdown, and fanatical fans in Melbourne were happy to see it — even if they could only watch on television. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-COLONIALPGA Tour gets back to businessFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — With one swing met with silence, the PGA Tour got back to business Thursday at Colonial. MLB opens draft with Black Lives Matter message, donationsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says it stands fully behind the Black Lives Matter movement.At the outset of the amateur draft broadcast Wednesday night, Commissioner Rob Manfred said “this moment is a call to action” and baseball “can do more as an institution” to combat systemic racism and inequality. Executives from all 30 teams working remotely held up signs that read: “Black Lives Matter. United For Change.” The baseball operations officials were joined by MLB and club owners in announcing donations to several organizations that support and fight for racial justice.The Detroit Tigers selected Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson with the No. 1 pick in the draft. The baseball-bashing Torkelson played first base in college, but the Tigers plan to move him to third. Torkelson hit 54 home runs at Arizona State and finished two shy of Bob Horner’s school record. Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad went No. 2 to Baltimore after the Orioles took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the top pick a year ago. Associated Press There were no spectators allowed in the cavernous, 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground for an Australian Football League game that would have drawn close to a capacity crowd in a perfect, non-coronavirus world. City rivals Richmond and Collingwood played to a draw.Other than the ban on spectators, the start of the game was also unique — players on both teams took a knee to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Both clubs and the league hierarchy said they wanted to support worldwide protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.In other virus-related developments:— English Premier League soccer clubs have approved the match protocols for when the competition resumes next week after a 100-day shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. The procedures cover matchday operations and include splitting stadiums into red, amber and green zones to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Restrictions also have been placed on the number of people allowed into stadiums. The season is scheduled to resume on Wednesday with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal playing at Manchester City.MLB-BLACK LIVES MATTER Update on the latest sports Ryan Palmer hit the opening tee shot Thursday at the Charles Schwab Challenge as a Colonial member who raised money for COVID-19 pandemic relief through his “Pros For A Purpose” campaign.So quiet was the golf course without any spectators allowed that the starter introducing Palmer on the first tee could barely be heard from 40 feet away because of the hum of a nearby generator.PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan watched from the starter’s booth — a rarity for him to be on the first tee of any opening round — and gave Palmer, Brian Harman and Bill Haas a thumbs-up as they walked off the tee.Players were back to wearing pants. Caddies wore bibs with two names — the player and a health care worker. Every shot counted. That was the only semblance of normalcy.The starter on the 10th tee, wearing a mask, introduced a player and there was no noise until his club made contact.